"Nick? Why do you talk about running so much? It's so boring!" This statement cracked me up😂 Truthfully, I'm not immune to running boredom and that's why I tend to mix it up a little to keep it interesting and fun. For many newbies and even those with veteran status, running can very easily become a boring activity if you let it.
Here are some things that you can consider to help alleviate boredom on a run:
Switch it up
The same run, on the route at the same speed is an assured path to boredom. Mix up your runs by varying routes (explore your city), running speeds (easy/moderate/hard) and distances (short/medium/long). You should always seek out a different experience on your runs.
Though I don't encourage it on public roads, music is an excellent tool to help combat boredom. The right music such as up-tempo, high energy music (enter DMX/David Guetta/Major Lazer or whatever else you prefer) can give you a tremendous boost on a run and make it all a more fun experience. Music motivates so get your headphones🎧 on and channel your inner gangster😎!
First off, I'm not a doctor. I just want to share what I personally do so don't start abusing substances and claim I advised you to do so. I use a homemade nootropics stack to help keep me dialed in and focused on what I'm doing. My protocol is: 100-200mg of caffeine and 1-3 grams of L-Tyrosine. This is my 'happy and focused stack' typically consumed 15-30 minutes before a run. I purchase them separately and consume them together. I feel very sharp, alert, motivated and most importantly HAPPY on a run. When the run ends isn't as interesting to me as how good I feel during the run. The effects are long lasting and tend to stay present throughout my day.
Drop the lone wolf act🐺 and grab a body or two (or more) to keep you company on your runs. Good, casual conversation can really help you stave off boredom. For many, gossip is the ultimate boredom killer. On a run you can freely gossip in the open air without the fear of being recorded. Just make sure that you've left electronic devices at home.
Don't let the excuse of boredom be the reason you don't find yourself on the next level in life. Outrun your boredom and derive all the benefits on offer!